UPDATE 9:30 am (Sept. 3): From Lethbridge County: UPDATE to Monday’s train derailment at Highway 23 and Township Road 12-0. Highway 23 is now open to traffic.

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BACKGROUND:

A train derailment Monday morning (Sept. 2) near Barons is causing traffic delays.

Lethbridge County says the train jumped the tracks just after 10:00 am at Highway 23 and Township Road 12-0 south of Barons.

The rail cars are leaking a fuel known as octane. Fire crews are on scene trying to contain the leak.

As of now, the highway is closed in that area and traffic is being rerouted westbound.  That section of Highway 23 is expected to be closed for a while.

People area asked to take an alternate route if traveling around Barons today.

Lethbridge County will provide more information when available.